Migration and Super-exploitation: Marxist Theory and the Role of Migration in the present Period of Capitalist Decay

By Michael Pröbsting


The academic Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory has in its latest issue (Volume 43, Issue 3-4, 2015) published an article by Michael Pröbsting of the RCIT on migration and super-exploitation. The journal is published by the Centre for Study of Socialist Theory and Movements at Glasgow University. Its editor is Professor Hillel Ticktin and, among others, Yassamine Mather, Suzi Weissman, István Mészáros, Latief Parker, and Savas Matsas are members of its Editorial Board.

Below we republish the abstract of the article. The article can be read here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03017605.2015.1099846



Migration is a central issue in most advanced capitalist countries in the Western world. Today migrants represent a significant sector both of the labor forces as well as of the population. Essentially, migration is part of the fundamental process of the super-exploitation of the so-called Third World by imperialist monopoly capital. Just as the monopoly capital extracts surplus profits from the semi-colonial world, there is also an appropriation of extra profits through migration. Imperialist capital draws profit by paying the migrant workers below the value of their labor force in several ways. As a result migrants can be characterized as ‘a nationally oppressed layer of super-exploited labour force.’